In 1965, our founder Hermann Graser Senior used a tax refund of 500 deutschmarks to set up a stone masonry company on his parents' land in Trossenfurt in the Steigerwald forest.
The company grew steadily, and in 1968/1969 a plant for natural stone processing was erected on an area of 7 000 m² in the neighbouring village of Tretzendorf. This, too, reached the limits of its capacity by the eighties, and therefore in 1985/86 the current premises in Bamberg were built and work there commenced. Since then, we have continued to expand, to keep our state-of-the-art machinery fully up to date, and to pursue innovative solutions.
Our first quarry was also purchased in the eighties to get an independent and reliable raw material supply. At the beginning of the nineties we established branches in the former eastern part of Germany. In 2012 we purchased all the quarries and the machinery equipment of Naturstein Vetter GmbH, and as a result we are now extracting high-quality sandstones and granites from our own 21 quarries.
Since 2009 the company is run by managing directors Hermann Graser Junior and Martin Graser, both sons of Hermann Graser Senior. Hermann Graser Junior concluded his training as a master craftsman in masonry and stone sculpture in 1999 with the Meisterpreis der Bayerischen Staatsregierung, a prestigious award from the Bavarian state government. In May 2000, he qualified as a state-certified conservator in the field of stone masonry and stone sculpture. Martin Graser completed his studies of business administration (with a particular focus on enterprise management) at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Handelshochschule Leipzig, or HHL) in 2001 with distinction. So, in the management craftsmanship and business thinking go hand in hand.
The managing directors are supported by the managers Elfie Graser, Dietmar Finzel, Alfons Schwinn, Peter Hofmann and Volkmar Hillig and the company's 140 employees.